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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 17, 2009 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Association v. Focus

As I look back on my years with this music, I came to realize that the way in which I enjoyed the music has morphed over the years; maturing like a fine wine.
In the old days, when I was young, full of energy and a sense of adventure that has most assuredly mellowed over the years, I seemed to enjoy the events that I associated with the music as much as the music itself. Be it the thrill of the road trip, the pre-show gatherings, the endless inhalation of leafy substances, the thrill of a great quality tape showing up, etc.; they were all activities that, for me, garnered much of my attention, even as the music was working it's magic. Now, as that energy and adventure has been replaced with mellowness and serenity (on a good day), the attention I once gave to the activity surrounding the music is now focused almost entirely on the music. Today I find myself hearing subtleties that had passed me by unnoticed as I killed brain cells and tried not to kill the hack. Again, comparing to wine, not only do I still love the wine, I can now pick apart the various qualities and truly appreciate the work that went into making them.
This music has so many levels that I have yet to explore, I doubt that I will ever grow tired of listening. We are truly blessed to have this amazing gift to re-open time and time again like a never ending Christmas morning.

Sorry for the babble, but it's been building for awhile.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 17, 2009 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Your comment about having missed things is the only explanation for how I can listen to StSt from 6-14-68 over and over and never get bored.

Or, it's the early onset dementia.

Take your pick.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Apr 17, 2009 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Billy T., you need to move on from 2-14-68! I mean really!


Have you ever tried 12-29-68? Now THAT is the shiznizzel.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 17, 2009 7:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

He's everywhere!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 17, 2009 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Take my pick? It's like asking me to pick between a fine bottle of Popov Vodka (you know, the one in the plastic bottle) or some vintage Admiral Nelson spiced rum (it does exist and I'll trust you folks to be able to recognize the brand it attempst to copy).

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Apr 17, 2009 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Rats, I thought this was going to be a comparison between the songs "Hocus Pocus" and "Along Comes Mary." I choose "Along Comes Mary," and apologize for the hijack. :)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 17, 2009 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

You bastard

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Apr 17, 2009 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

What happened to 'mellowness and serenity?' :) and good morning, SDH!

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Poster: SoogyerJohnson Date: Apr 17, 2009 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

take my to your pipe cleaner, SDH !

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 17, 2009 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

the "scene" had it's ups and downs, at best a collective "nowness" fostered by the music that transcended all politico-cultural differences, at worst a necessary evil that distracted

donning the headphones in the horizontal listening chamber can produce a myriad of awareness...trying to grasp the entire experience in any given moment results in losing the finer details...zooming in on the cymbals during a sizzling Let It Grow can be so mesmerizing that the rest of the band is rendered audio-logically nonexistent...even the crudest of recordings transfer the spirit of the the music, in a way, cultivating and fine tuning the art of selective listening and processing of stimuli

people assimilate music (and everything else) in so many different ways there is no wonder so many disagreements arise...otherwise there would be only one sound, "OMMMMMM"...and one meaning of life, "Mariska Hargitay, Mariska Hargitay to all."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 18, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Here you go MS (one of his best, I think):

By Jack Bruce and Pete Brown

Feel when I dance with you,
We move like the sea.
You, you're all I want to know.
I feel free, I feel free, I feel free.

I can walk down the street, theres no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd.
I can drive down the road; my eyes don't see,
Though my mind wants to cry out loud.

I feel free, I feel free, I feel free.

I can walk down the street, there's no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd.
I can drive down the road; my eyes don't see,
Though my mind wants to cry out loud,
Though my mind wants to cry out loud.

Dance floor is like the sea,
Ceiling is the sky.
You're the sun and as you shine on me,
I feel free, I feel free, I feel free.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Apr 18, 2009 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Well said man . Couldn't agree more.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Apr 17, 2009 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

Well said, although I always figured you for an MD 20/20 drinker and I am surprised you can pick out any new qualities in that. Regardless, I think the other part about the never-ending gift that you describe is that it is extremely difficult to explain that aspect to the "non-believers," particularly folks who prefer their music coming from studios and not on stage. If you play a CD it sounds the same every time so you eventually grow tired of it. But if you have 200 or so Dark Stars to sample and none sound alike (okay maybe 10-12/13/68 are pretty close) then you have a lifetime of listening that never grows old.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 17, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Association v. Focus

MD 20/20? How pedestrian. I much prefer the subtle bouquet, woodsy overtones and spicy finish of a fine Boone's Farm.